Gregory James Aziz, who prefers the informal Greg Aziz, is CEO and Chairman of the Board at National Steel Car, one of the leading producers of railroad freight cars in the world. Whether he is clad in a formal jacket and tie or an open-collar shirt, Gregory J. Aziz cuts an impressive figure.
Aziz, originally from London, Ontario, graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971 with a degree in economics. After school, he joined his family’s wholesale food business, Affiliated Foods. With his help, Affiliated Foods grew to import fresh foods from Europe and the Americas and maintain distribution points in both Canada and the United States.
In the 1980s and 90s, Aziz worked in investment banking where he was able to arrange the purchase of National Steel Car of Hamilton, Ontario from the steel producer ArcelorMittal Dofasco. Aziz dreamed of returning National Steel Car, founded in 1912, to its former glory.
With significant financial investment, National Steel Car expanded engineering capability and extensively increased its manufacturing ability. At the time of its sale, National Steel Car was producing about 3,500 rail cars per year. By 1999, it was producing over 12,000 cars per year. During this same period, employment rose five-fold, from 600 employees to almost 3,000.
Aziz has been single minded in his quest for manufacturing quality and innovation. Today, National Steel Car is an industry leader in the research and manufacture of high quality railroad freight cars. Through its quality control, research and innovation, National Steel Car builds rail cars to meet the needs of a changing industry. For them, customer loyalty is vital.
National Steel Car is the only railroad freight car manufacturer certified ISO 9001:2008, and has been recertified for the past 18 years.
Aziz says that the one thing that sets National Steel Car apart is the devotion and dedication of its employees. He is as devoted to his people as they are to him. According to Greg Aziz, he does not have employers, he has team member. Aziz also makes sure that National Steel Car is a good corporate citizen. Not only do they donate to several local charities, but at Christmas the employees and their families support the local food banks. Click Here for additional information.
Greg Aziz started with a dream. Today, that dream has come true.